SARASOTA, Fla. -- Nolan Reimold will head to Minor League camp starting Wednesday in an effort to get more at-bats as the outfielder has missed nearly all of the past two seasons due to a pair of neck surgeries.
"It's just a matter of getting muscle memory back to going after pitches instead of letting them get on you," Reimold said. "There's just one little movement that I do that I want to get rid of and it's preventing me from hitting the ball. It's a matter of working out some kinks that you develop with some time off."
Manager Buck Showalter said he talked to Reimold about doing this on Monday, and just because he's going to serve as designated hitter there doesn't necessarily mean he's not an outfield option for the team this season. Reimold is going to lead off and can jump into various games at Twin Lakes Park to maximize his swings.
"I definitely feel like I've progressed," Reimold said. "I said it in the beginning, where I'm at in the beginning of Spring Training isn't where I'm going to be at the end. It's like that for everybody, but I think it's a little more extreme for myself. Like last year, I wanted to improve a lot during Spring Training. The plan was to keep improving, but somewhere along the line it stopped and went backward. This year should be different and I'm optimistic where it's at."
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